NUMEROUS CITY INITIATIVES SUPPORT THE THREE SPHERES OF
SUSTAINABILITY:
ECONOMIC STRENGTH
,
ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP
AND
SOCIAL EQUITY
.
THIS LIST PROFILES SOME
OF THESE WIDE-RANGING EFFORTS.
Affordable Housing
Partnerships with different developers positively impact neighborhoods and provide affordable
housing; programs emphasize neighborhood revitalization to encourage stability and preservation
of existing housing stock.
Bicycle Program
40-50
miles of bike lanes/sharrows by 2014; award-winning greenway system; Bronze status as Bike-
Friendly City.
Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors
Smart wireless system notifies staff when public trash and recycling stations are full, saving time and
resources.
Biofuels
Biofuels power City fleet vehicles; Public Utilities grows and processes its own sunflower and canola
crops as feedstock for this process.
Communications Outreach
Information flows in and out from residents and the City through See Click Fix, GovDelivery enews,
Twitter, informative videos and Citizens Advisory Councils.
Digital Connections
Raleigh Connected Internet access, YouRConnected wireless downtown, Digital Connectors
community service, Open Raleigh data and ideas, and Geographic Information Services all
promote equity in the digital realm.
Downtown Sustainability Tour
Sustainability up close and personal via a 2-mile self-guided walking tour in Downtown Raleigh.
eLab
Participation in Rocky Mountain Institute’s state-of-the-art forum for collaborative innovation,
accelerating the transformation of the U.S. electricity system to a more efficient, renewable, and
affordable future.
Energy Assurance Plan
The Energy Assurance plan is both a reflective and proactive approach to improve the City’s
disaster readiness. This all-hazards plan helps mitigate damaging effects of all types of energy-
related disasters by establishing expectations and interdependencies during energy emergencies,
as well as identifying areas for improvement.
Energy Efficiency
Saving taxpayer dollars by prioritizing improvement projects, exploring new technologies and
encouraging sustainable user behavior.
Environmental Advisory Board
Recognition of environmental best practices through the Environmental Awards Program,
celebrating leadership and the public’s commitment to responsible environmentalism.
EV Charging Stations
Raleigh’s leadership in the plug-in electric vehicle industry includes installing 29 grant-funded,
City-owned electric vehicle charging stations (pedestal, wall-mount, on-street, and parking
decks).
Fleet Vehicle Transformation Plan
Comprehensive efforts to reduce fossil fuel usage and GHGs through vehicle right-sizing,
alternative fuels and fueling stations, motor pool, anti-idling batteries, fuel consumption budgets
rather than cost, driver education, remote operations centers, and increased technology use (i.e.
teleconferencing and telecommuting).
Geothermal
Installations at the Transit Operations Facility and Solid Waste Services Center; City is monitoring not
only energy efficiency performance but impacts on well fields.
Green Building Training Program
Internationally recognized program trained 460+ private sector workers in the new “green”
economy, providing opportunities while moving Raleigh’s institutions and industries forward.
Green Infrastructure
The City encourages collecting/reusing stormwater onsite through best management practices
such as bioretention cells, swales and cisterns.
Green IT
Electronic data interface allows Facilities Management to process more than 760 monthly energy
account payments electronically, providing quality data for consumption tracking. Server
consolidation and multi-function printer program increases energy efficiency.
Green Restaurant Program
Outreach to Raleigh-area restaurants encourages sustainable behavior and identifies barriers to
adoption of sustainable practices; online links to NC 10% campaign promote local foods.
Green/Vegetative Roofs
Ongoing analysis to determine best practices; plant species selection and irrigation critical to
success; deeper intensive installations better for hot summers.
Greenhouse Gas Inventories
As a foundation for a coordinated action plan to reduce emissions and energy consumption from
municipal operations, the City’s GHG inventory will save taxpayer dollars and improve air quality.
In 2012, the City of Raleigh developed a baseline GHG emissions inventory for community-wide
activities.
Home Repair Programs
Low-income homeowner financial assistance is available for needs such as leaking roofs; faulty
plumbing, electrical or heating systems; broken windows; flooring; and lead paint removal.
JouleBug
Mobile gaming app modeling sustainable behavior; Sustainable Raleigh badge.
Land Stewardship
Protection of high quality natural resources within the park system is an important goal in the City’s
2030
Comprehensive Plan; detailed natural resources inventory and mapping of rare plants and
natural communities on park and greenway sites guide management recommendations.
LED City
In 2006 Raleigh agreed to become the world’s first LED City, piloting emerging light-emitting diode
lighting technology in real-world projects.
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CITY OF RALEIGH INITIATIVE DESCRIPTION
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